Afterwards Lasts So Long
Winner of The Critics’ Award for Best Book for Children and Young Adults 2011
Stella is dead, Benny’s best friend and class mate. Benny doesn’t know if she wants to live anymore. The two boys in the class, Janne and Klaus, try to help her. But Benny doesn’t want help, she just wants Stella back.
One day a new girl arrives in class. She fills a void. Everyone notices it. Janne too. No one should take Stella’s place, Benny thinks. Especially not Sara Reine with the soft smile and straight back.
Afterwards Lasts So Long is an independent sequel to Stella.
… Afterwards Last So Long is a story of both intellectual and emotional depth, showing examples of both psychological knowledge and understanding of language, in addition to a presence giving the story its extra gravitas.
Anne Cathrine Straume – The Jury of The Critic’s Award